Thursday, February 1
african images Exhibition of five artists originating from different parts of Africa. To Feb 22. Oakwood Library, 341 Oakwood. 416-394-1040.
the black press in canada west Exhibit of black literature and journalism through the 19th century. Sat and Sun noon-5 pm through Feb. $4, stu/srs $2.75, child $2.50. Mackenzie House, 82 Bond. 416-392-6915
afua cooper The poet/author of The Hanging Of Angélique lectures on the slave trade. Noon-2 pm. Free. City Hall Members' Lounge, Queen and Bay. www.toronto.ca/blackhistory.
C donald carr The theatre artist presents dramatic and humourous stories. 1:30 pm. Free. Dawes Road Library, 416 Dawes. 416-396-3820.
The Flowering Of African-Canadian Literature In Contemporary Canada Black History Month reading with George Elliott Clarke, Afua Cooper, Lawrence Hill, Donna Bailey Nurse and others. 7 pm. Free. Reference Library, 789 Yonge. 416-395-5577.
Tour D'afrique Ltd Exhibition of photos taken over the past four years during Tour d'Afrique's journey from Cairo to Capetown. To Mar 5. Free. Art Square Gallery Café, 334 Dundas W. 416-364-8255.
Friday, February 2
Daniel Nebiat Performance by the Eritrean krar player and his band. 7 pm. Free. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. 416-531-4635.
Nubian Messenger: From Nubia To Africville The Caliban tradition returns led by jazz legend Joe Sealy. 9 pm. $15. Trane Studio, 964 Bathurst. 416-913-8197.
Writing At The Intersection: A Diaspora Crosswalk Readings by Lawrence Hill, Denise Barnard, Michael Redhill and Wabs Whitebird. 7-8:30 pm. Free. Palmerston Library, 560 Palmerston. 416-393-7680.
Saturday, February 3
Bob Marley Birthday Tribute Performances by the Irie Band with Donna Makeda, Michael Garrick, Black Child, I-Sax and others. 9 pm. $10 or $6 w/ food donation (Daily Bread Food Bank benefit). El Mocambo, 464 Spadina. 416-777-1777, www.nufunk.ca.
Djembetronic Live Pt 2 DJ Davee Ki and Fanta & Ansou. 10 pm-midnight. Free. Fish Shak, 193 Baldwin. 416-268-9636.
Tamsir Seck Performance by the Senegalese griot, drummer and dancer. 2-5 pm. Earthsong, 2448 Kingston. 416-266-2787.
Sunday, February 4
black history month gala luncheon Lunch with keynote speaker Jean Augustine. 1-5 pm. $75. Grand Baccus Banquet Facility, 2155 McNicoll. www.toronto.ca/blackhistory.
Independence Church Service Service celebrating Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique independence. 3 pm. Free. St Hilda's Anglican Church, 2353 Dufferin. 416-595-1343.
Jamah Informal gathering for queer women and trans people of colour with performances and an open mic. 3-5 pm. Pwyc. Banu, 777 Queen W. email@example.com.
Monday, February 5
C Rita Cox Storytelling. 1:30 pm. Free. Barbara Frum Library, 20 Covington. 416-395-5440.
Flag Raising Ceremony Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique independence celebration. Noon. Free. Nathan Phillips Square, Queen and Bay. 416-595-1343.
inspiration! Display recognizing the contributions of the black francophone community to Canadian culture. To Feb 9, 8:30 am-4:30 pm. Free. City Hall Rotunda, Queen and Bay. www. toronto.ca/blackhistory.
Tuesday, February 6
C Black Inventors TV personality Morgan Smith gets kids thinking. 1:30 pm. Free. Malvern Library, 30 Sewells. 416-396-8969.
C Djembe Drum African drumming workshop for drummers of all levels and ages. 6:30-8:30 pm. Free. St Stephen's Community House, 260 Augusta. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, February 7
C Charles "Spider" Jones The author reads from Out Of Darkness: The Spider Jones Story followed by a Q&A. 2 pm. Free. York Woods Library, 1785 Finch W. 416-395-5980.
Thursday, February 8
Hip Hop For Africa Beatboxing by Sick Sound Syndrome and Poizunus, performances by Arowbe and others and host Choclair. 9 pm. $30 (CAP/AIDS and Nelson Mandela Children's Fund benefit). Republik, 259 Richmond W. 416-496-8403 ext 30, www.hiphopforafrica.ca.
C Donald Carr Storytelling. 2 pm. Free. Dawes Road Library, 416 Dawes. 416-396-3820.
citizenship ceremony Presentation to volunteers who have helped better the African Canadian community. Noon. Free. North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge. www.toronto.ca/blackhistory.
Survival, Resistance And Glory Film screening and talk on prisons and black communities. 6 pm. Pwyc. William Doo Auditorium 45 Willcocks. www.pjac.org.
Friday, February 9
C Adwoa Badoe Storytelling. 1 pm. Free. York Woods Library, 1785 Finch W. 416-395-5980.
Audrey Chihota-Charamba Reading and presentation by the Zimbabwean author/activist with Bonita Lawrence and Isobel Harry. 6-8:30 pm. Free. YMCA, 20 Grosvenor. 416-538-7398.
C Celebrating 45 Years Of Jamaican Music, Art, Culture And Independence Kuumba Festival kickoff celebrating Jamaica's 45th anniversary of independence with comedian Jay Martin, Jay Douglas and the All-Stars and more. 9 pm. Free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000.
Fojeba Fojeba performs featuring Cameroonian guitarist Jean Baptiste Foaleng. 7-10 pm. Free. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. 416-531-4635.
C Kuumba African Heritage Month festival with concerts, dance classes, films, panel discussions, performances, food, visual arts, kids activities, theatre and more. Today, tomorrow and Feb 11. Most events free. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000, www.harbourfrontcentre.com.
Saturday, February 10
Grenada, Carriacou And Petit Martinique Independence 2007 33rd anniversary gala with DJ Slim of Grenada Soca Boyz and Grenada PM Keith Mitchell. 6:30 pm. $70 adv only. Spirale Banquet Hall, 888 Don Mills. 905-872-4440.
C Itah Sadu Family storytelling. 2 pm. Free. Parliament Street Library, 269 Gerrard E. 416-393-7663.
C Kamit Fest Afrikan Liberation Month spiritual celebration with film, theatre, workshops, art, kids' activities and more. Today and tomorrow. Donation. Senbi En Tchaas Afrikan Healing and Cultural Centre (29 Bloor E), Grandravine Community Centre (Keele and Sheppard). www.unblind.net.
Dennis Rollins Rollins performs as part of Griots t' Garage: A Musical History Of The African Diaspora. Today, tomorrow, Feb 13 and 14, 7 pm. $25. Harbourfront Centre Studio Theatre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000.
C Swizzlestick Theatre Family entertainment. 2 pm. Free. Parkdale Library, 1303 Queen W. 416-393-7686.
Vieux Farka Toure CD release party. 10 pm. $15. Harbourfront Centre Brigantine Rm, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000.
Sunday, February 11
the atlantic slave trade Launch of the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Atlantic slave trade. 2 pm. Free. City Hall, Queen and Bay. www.toronto.ca/blackhistory.
Roots Lounge Spoken word with Boonaa, Dwayne Morgan, Tomy Bewick, Memo, Equinox 199 and others. 8 pm. $5 cover. Namelings, 147 Church. 416-850-4209, www.upfromtheroots.ca.
Such A Melodious Racket Jackie Richardson, Kollage, Billy Newton-Davis, Saidah Baba Talibah and John Arpin perform. 10 pm. $15. Bathurst Street Theatre, 736 Bathurst. 416-872-1212.
Denise Williams CD release party. 3 pm. $20. Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina. 416-924-6211 ext 0.
Tuesday, February 13
C Donald Carr Storytelling. 2 pm. Free. Barbara Frum Library, 20 Covington. 416-395-5440.
Bernadette Dyer/Donna bailey Nurse Dyer reads from Waltzes I Have Not Forgotten, Bailey Nurse reads from Revival. 7 pm. Free. St Lawrence Library, 171 Front E. 416-393-7655.
Wednesday, February 14
Hiphop Dance 101 Six-week course on how to wow everyone in the club. 7-9 pm. $100. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. Pre-register 416-973-4000.
C Njacko Backo African drumming presentation. 2 pm. Free. Bridlewood Library, 2900 Warden. 416-396-8960.
Thursday, February 15
African Dance Ensemble Performance. 8 pm. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas W. 416-588-0307.
C Et The Mime Children's performance. 2 pm. Free. Amesbury Park Library, 1565 Lawrence W. 416-395-5420.
the joy of mama africa Evening of live music, dance, drumming, songs and history of Africa with art by Isaac Akrong. 8 pm. $10. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas W. 416-588-0307.
C Michael St George The dub poet performs. 2 pm. Free. Parkdale Library, 1303 Queen W. 416-393-7686.
Friday, February 16
alvin ailey american dance theatre The dance company performs today 8 pm and tomorrow 2 & 8 pm. $55-$75. Hummingbird Centre, 1 Front E. 416-872-2262.
Mpenzi Black Women's International Film And Video Festival with work by black and queer black women, writers, producers and directors including Angel L Brown and Erika Morris. $12, adv $10. Toronto Women's Bookstore, 73 Harbord. 416-922-8744.
Music Africa Tamsir Seck, Senegal & Kassoum Diamoutene and Mali Katenen Dioubate. 7-10 pm. Free. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. 416-531-4635.
Odetta Musical performance. Today and tomorrow. $32-$35. Hugh's Room, 2261 Dundas W. 416-531-6604.
Saturday, February 17
Caribbean Cultural Evening Gems and Friends Steelpan Orchestra, brass, strings, gospel and poetry and more. Dinner 6:30 pm, show 7:30 pm. $20 (proceeds to St Dunstan outreach programs and Gems and Friends charities). St Dunstan's Anglican Church, 56 Lawson. 416-283-1844, www.stdunstan.ca.
Sunday, February 18
The Polished Hoe Obsidian Theatre Co mounts a play adapted from Austin Clarke's novel with Alison Sealy-Smith. Previews today, opens Feb 22 and runs to Mar 4. $10-$30, gala $50. Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000.
Monday, February 19
journey to the present Exhibit tracing the history of African Canadians from the continent to present day. To Feb 23. Free. Malvern Community Centre, 30 Dewells. www.toronto. ca/blackhistory.
Tuesday, February 20
C Adwoa Badoe Storytelling. 2 pm. Free. Victoria Village Library, 184 Sloane. 416-395-5950.
Johnny Clegg Musical performance. 8 pm. $25-$37.50. Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth. 416-870-8000.
C Donald Carr Storytelling. 2 pm. Free. Maria A Schuka Library, 1745 Eglinton W. 416-394-1000.
Wednesday, February 21
Deekali: Roots Re-lived II Excerpts Collective of Black Artists presents excerpts of its upcoming dance creation. Noon-1 pm. Free. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen W. www.coc.ca.
Thursday, February 22
Guluwalk Gala Celebration to benefit children in Northern Uganda with a performance by Donné Roberts, a silent auction and more. 7 pm. $tba (Guluwalk benefit) CBC Broadcasting Centre, 255 Front W. 416-686-1533.
C Adwoa Badoe Storytelling. 2 pm. Free. Wychwood Library, 1431 Bathurst. 416-393-7683.
C Njacko Backo African drumming presentation. 7 pm. Free. Richview Library, 1806 Islington. 416-394-5120.
i've got a home in glory land: the lost tale of the underground railroad Launch for a book by Karolyn Smardz Frost. Time tba. Free. St Lawrence Hall, 157 King E. www. toronto.ca/blackhistory.
Friday, February 23
Njacko Backo Performance by the Cameroonian kalimba drummer/singer. 7-10 pm. Free. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen W. 416-531-4635.
Inventory: Writers Tracking Conflict And War Freedom To Read Week celebration with David Bezmozgis, Dionne Brand, Camilla Gibb, Rawi Hage, Ann-Marie MacDonald and others plus music by Shad and Bruce Cockburn. 7:30 pm. $10-$20 sliding scale. Reference Library, 789 Yonge. 416-922-8744.
Planting The Seeds For Change Motivational session for students with artist, writer, entrepreneur Dwayne Morgan. 10 am and 1 pm. $10. St Lawrence Centre, 27 Front E. 416-366-1656, www.upfromtheroots.ca.
Spoken Wordz 2 Performances by Trixx, Marc Trinidad, Boonaa, Arthur Simeon, Cedric Newman and Jay Martin. 9 pm. $20 adv. St Lawrence Centre, 27 Front E. 416-366-1656, www.upfromtheroots.ca.
Saturday, February 24
C Black And Caribbean Heritage Talent show with song, dance, skit, poetry and more. 4:30 pm. Free. Cedarbrae Library, 545 Markham. 416-396-8850.
C in the footsteps of the black victorians Walking tour. 1-3 pm. $4, stu/srs $2.75, child $2.50. Market Gallery, 95 Front E. 416-392-6915.
C Swizzlestick Theatre Family entertainment. 2 pm. Free. Weston Library, 2 King. 416-394-1016.
Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir African celebration. $15-$25. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge. 416-598-0422 ext 27.
Sunday, February 25
Freelance Rhythm Caribou Project presents dance from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe plus poetry by Boona, a reggae dance dramatization and South African hiphop. 10 am. Free. St Philip the Apostle Anglican Church, 201 Caribou. 416-994-9980.
C in the footsteps of the black victorians Walking tour. 1-3 pm. $4, stu/srs $2.75, child $2.50. Mackenzie House, 82 Bond. 416-392-6915.
Oscar Goes To Africa Big-screen viewing of the Academy Awards plus music by Washington Savage, the Afro-Fusion Band of African Musicians and DJ Kwame. 6 pm. $100 (Stephen Lewis Found benefit). Manyata Courtyard Café, 55 Hazelton Lanes. www.manyata.ca.
Soul Influence Concert. 3 pm. Free. Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle. 416-978-8398.
Monday, February 26
Michael St George The dub poet performs. 1:30 pm. Free. Malvern Library, 30 Sewells. 416-396-8969.
Tuesday, February 27
Curse Of Ham Roots International Arts Theatre presents Leon Saul's play. To Mar 11. $28.50, stu/srs $25. Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge. 416-872-1111, www.rootstheatre.com.
Lawrence Hill Meet the author. 2 pm (Barbara Frum Library, 20 Covington, 416-395-5440), 7 pm (Dawes Road Library, 416 Dawes, 416-396-3820) Free.
Soweto Gospel Choir Performance. Today and tomorrow. $35-$75. Hummingbird Centre, 1 Front E. 416-872-2262.